Both Puaikura FC teams triumphed against Nikao Sokattak FC, brushing off their attacks and breaking down their defences to finish atop of Pool A.
Tupapa’s under-16 boys finished top in Pool B but it did not come easy. Aitutaki came out fighting, and took the Tupapa side by surprise.
Aitutaki scored first putting Tupapa on the back foot. A few minutes later Tupapa defender Takai Mose took a chance from the midfield area to level the score.
However, this wasn’t enough for Tupapa as they were hungry for a win. Temaruata Tearaitoa seized an opportunity to put Tupapa ahead and win the game.
Pool A’s U16 boys’ runner up was to be decided between Mangaia and Takitumu after Nikao’s loss to Puaikura.
Mangaia only required a draw to qualify while Takitumu needed a win. Takitumu took a two-goal lead in the second half before Mangaia could get one in but the former held on to qualify for the semifinals.
Meanwhile, Aitutaki’s U16 girls consistently showed dominance in Pool B winning all their games.
Mauke’s U16 girls also displayed skill and strength in Pool B and also moved through as runners-up on goal difference.
The winners of the semifinals yesterday will play today for the Kia Orana Youth Football festival trophies while the defeated teams will face off for the third place in the earlier games.
Competition manager Pauline Dean says “today’s games should not be missed. The pace of the games is fast, the display of skill is entertaining and the outer island teams are demonstrating that they are not to be underestimated.
“We urge people to come to the CIFA complex and support all the teams playing and we wish all teams good luck as they play their hearts out.”
- CIFA Media
1pm Loser Semi-final 1-Loser Semi-final 3 3rd/4th Place Final (U16 Girls), 2.10pm Loser Semi-final 2-Loser Semi-final 4 3rd/4th Place Final (U16 Boys), 3.20pm Winner Semi-final 1-Winner Semi-final 3 Final (U16 Girls), 4.30pm Winner Semi-final 2-Winner Semi-final 4 Final (U16 Boys).